Today's News

  • High winds down trees, cause power outages

    Winds gusting up to 45 mph knocked down trees and power lines in Lancaster County on Wednesday.

    Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran said about 69,000 customers lost power between late Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

    About 375 homes lost power in Lancaster County, mostly east of the Lancaster city limits, Jiran said.

    Heavy rain preceded the gusty winds, softening the soil and making it easier for trees to fall onto power lines, Jiran said.

    “It really wreaked havoc on our system,” he said.

  • Teen shot in back in drive-by shooting

    A teen was airlifted to a Columbia hospital Tuesday afternoon after being shot in a drive-by shooting outside a Pleasant Hill Street home.

    The teen, believed to be 17 or 18, was standing in a yard on the 100th block about 4 p.m. when a green vehicle pulled up, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

    Gunshots were fired from the vehicle, possibly a Nissan or Toyota sedan. At least one bullet struck the teen in the upper part of his back, White said.

    White didn’t know how many shots were fired or what type of gun was used.

  • Kershaw begins mulling park plans

    KERSHAW – With the successful construction of Haile Gold Mine Playground last year, Kershaw Town Council discussed further plans for Stevens Park and the town recreation center on Monday.

    Beverly Timmons, a representative for the Kershaw Community Park Council, addressed council about several matters, including her interest in beginning the next phase of construction at Stevens Park.

    “We thank you for your wonderful support with the (playground) and appreciate your contribution,” Timmons said. “Now we would like to enter phase two.”

  • Now is not time for building $33 million courthouse

    With our economy spiraling downward every day, I cannot believe that Lancaster County Council is moving forward with construction plans for a monumental multi-million dollar courthouse facility. They remind me of Nero who was said to have fiddled while Rome burned. We, in Lancaster County, are in a financial crisis along with the rest of our nation. Major industries have closed or relocated, leaving thousands trying to survive on unemployment benefits. State, local and school budgets have been cut which will impact the services we receive and education.

  • Avoid cutting hours at library and recreation centers

    As a former member of the Lancaster County Library Board, a retired English teacher and life-long library patron, I feel I must comment on County Administrator Steve Willis’ remarks regarding budget cuts: “It affects quality of life but if we didn’t provide library or recreation services, the world wouldn’t end.” (“Budget is County’s 800-pound Gorilla” Dec. 28th edition Lancaster News)

  • Happy Birthday, Jayden Anthony

    HEATH SPRINGS – The staff at Springs Memorial Hospital knew exactly what was going on when the strains of Johannes Brahms’ “Lullaby” rang out over the intercom during the wee morning hours of Jan. 1.

    It signaled the birth of Jayden Elijah Jacques Anthony.

    Jayden arrived at 1:47 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making him the first baby born in 2009 in Lancaster County.

    He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long.

  • Two conditions should precede loan request

    You may have read recently about the dust-up over state unemployment benefits. I thought it was worth taking a minute to let you know why we’re making noise about this issue and why it’s important you do the same.

    In simplest form, our state is running out of money to pay unemployment benefits. Our office has been drawn into the debate because it’s up to us to request a Band-aid loan of sorts so that these checks can continue being issued.

  • Indian Land name may go on new water tower

    INDIAN LAND – The water tower under construction near Indian Land schools will soon bear the name “Indian Land” if a new plan is accepted by Lancaster County Water and Sewer District commissioners Tuesday.

    Mark Knight, director of the water and sewer district, said he’s come up with a compromise he hopes everyone will be happy with.

    Knight said he received more than 400 names on petitions to add “Indian Land,” “Indian Land High School” or “Home of the Warriors” to the tower’s face.

  • Trust gets 123-acre easement along Catawba

    Springsteen Properties recently donated a 123-acre conservation easement to the Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT), said Derick Close, president of the company.

    The property is located along the Catawba River in Chester County, across from the Cane Creek conservation easement granted to KVLT in 2003 by Springs Industries.

    The easement preserves a mile and a half of river frontage.

    The land consists largely of bottomland hardwoods, replete with towering sycamore, beech, cottonwood and oak trees.

  • Highway deaths down in S.C. in ’08

    Fewer people died on South Carolina roads in 2008 compared to the year before, though the numbers in Lancaster County stayed the same.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol reports there were 903 highway fatalities in the state last year, a drop from 1,077 fatalities the year before.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the decrease may be partly due to what troopers believe is an increase in seat-belt usage. He also highlights the Highway Patrol’s continued partnership with other law enforcement groups and the outreach efforts to educate the public on highway-related dangers.